Soil structure is layered. Different organisms prefer to live at different layers in the soil. When we till, those layers are disturbed. The ability for the soil to hold water and provide living space for flora and fauna is threatened. Storm water run-off is increased, affecting the entire biome downstream. But we don’t have to farm by tilling. No-till farming is a way of planting and harvesting without disturbing soil layers. Here’s a great in-depth video produced by ABC News about why No-Till farming could help reduce the impacts of climate change.Continue Reading →
A guy named Eben Bayer has been spearheading recent developments in the use of fungi for biodegradable packaging, housing and even meat substitutes! Although not explicitly covered in the linked blog post, fungi can be used to make packaging that is great for protecting glass or other breakable products at a competitive cost, while at the same time using a smaller carbon footprint to create the packaging.Continue Reading →
Would you allow your body to be composted after death? There are a lot of good reasons for taking this approach. Morticians in densely populated cities and small towns are beginning to realize this is a better way to go.Continue Reading →
Thanks to David P. Hott from NCRA Board of Directors for this information:
Newly introduced in Congress, the Zero Food Waste Act would establish local programs in communities like ours that invest in preventing food waste and keeping it out of landfills. Food is too valuable to waste, and we need to take action now. Join me and World Wildlife Fund, and ask your member of Congress to cosponsor the Zero Waste Food Act.
The Zero Waste Food Act of 2021 achieves at least these goals:
- gets food into the hands of the food insecure
- gets compostable organics out of landfills, thereby reducing methane
Sophia Jones and Brenda Platt of Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) recently wrote about a new proposal for a federal policy on composting.Continue Reading →
Read this 3-part deep dive by Time Dewey-Mattia, Education Manager at Napa Recycling & Waste Services and NCRA Board Member.
Former NCRA President Arthur R Boone recently posed a question to Dewey-Mattia via email on “Why the conversion of the yard debris green cart into the full-service organics cart has stumbled badly in getting rolled out? Would love to understand all that resistance better.” Here is their correspondence and what both thought would be valuable to share with other interested parties.Continue Reading →
SWEEP – Solid Waste Environment Excellence Performance – cool backronym!
Presenters include: Georgia Marks & Amy Slagle of the City of Austin, TX and Rob Watson, SWEEP Standard.
This is a webinar about collecting compostable materials curbside.Continue Reading →
NEW COALITION ADVOCATES FOR INVESTMENT AND EXPANSION OF AMERICA’S COMPOSTING INFRASTRUCTURE
The US Composting Infrastructure Coalition brings together a vital cross section of the US organics recycling community, associations working on sustainable materials, and other stakeholders to support innovative and responsible waste reduction and recovery solutions like composting.Continue Reading →
Composting… We don’t all have gardens, but for those of us who do, it’s good to have a compost plan. Even apartment dwellers can compost! In honor of National Compost day, here are a few resources for beginners.Continue Reading →
Check out this amazing Zero Waste Gainesville interview of Stephan Barron of Beaten Path Composting a weekly food scrap pickup business in Gainesville, FL. Barron talks about the advantages of compost for soil health and how he has made it into a thriving local business, all while balancing sustainability, living wage and environment.
… Stephan Barron and a good friend originally began composting for a few restaurants in downtown Gainesville to feed the community garden they were operating. He rapidly realized “that innovative, natural crop-growing could alter the current unsustainable food system that exists in our cities.” This philosophy ultimately evolved into a business as Stephan “grasped how economics and ecology worked together.” Stephan envisions a food production system “that is decentralized, where the wealth and material created would be distributed equitably and locally, instead of winding up in the hands of investors who do not even live here.” […]
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